I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career," he said. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.
Cruz debuted as a professional in and won his first world title on March 22, The fighter, who thanks his mom for his success after enrolling him in boxing lessons, says that if it wasn't for her, he would've ended up either in jail or dead because of his "explosive" attitude.
At 18 years old, Orlando qualified to compete at the Summer Games in SydneyAustralia, representing Puerto Rico, and although he didn't win the medals he was hoping for, the whole experience helped him figure out a very personal struggle.
Why am I feeling this when I already have a girlfriend?
Because this is a profession where most people are very sexist. I had a 'friend,' but we weren't in a formal relationship because I wasn't sure if that's what I really wanted. She said she would never turn her back on me because I'm her son, and I had her full support no matter what I was.
Those words filled me up with hope," he said. However, his father's reaction wasn't the same. While young Orlando was still struggling with his sexual identity, he decided to take the big step and go pro.
He moved to Buffalo, NY, and started fighting his way up. Nevertheless, rumors started surfacing, and people would go to his fights to call him derogatory names. That pressure, and not having his father's support, brought him down.
Eventually his father accepted him, but there was still one thing Orlando Jr. So I said 'I'm going to do this.
It doesn't matter who likes it or not, It's my life, I want to be free. I want to break all stereotypes.
Maria was born and raised in Dominican Republic, where she began her career in journalism covering human interest stories, entertainment, beauty and wellness for a national magazine. She moved to New York City to study Musical Theatre, but went back to journalism after graduating in an attempt of becoming the Latina Carrie Bradshaw.
She became a Zumba instructor for fun. Cruz met a man with whom he became intimate with at the Summer Games.
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